Polk Audio PSW111 vs Polk Audio PSW505

Polk Audio PSW111 vs PSW505: Subwoofers of Decent Quality

Polk Audio PSW111 vs Polk Audio PSW505

Polk Audio PSW111 is a single 8-inch subwoofer, while its competitor Polk Audio PSW505 is presented in the 12-inch size. When testing Polk Audio PSW505 vs PSW111 subwoofers, I discovered the differences not only in the driver size but also in their power features and audio performance. In particular, Polk Audio PSW111 ensures 300W maximal output power versus 480W in the PSW505 so the second one is obviously more powerful and can deliver the sound of better quality. However, Polk Audio PSW111 exceeds the PSW505 in terms of sensitivity (90dB vs 85dB) and frequency response (38-250Hz vs 25-160Hz). Thus, the first unit is better for the audio content of higher frequencies.

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Features & Performance

I can say that Polk Audio PSW111 performs really good sound. Its driver is equipped with compression circuitry that limits the distortions. The subwoofer is a perfect match for RM and SurroundBar series. It can be connected to the speakers from other producers, as well.

Polk Audio PSW505 is a stunning device that improves bass response. Get ready for impressive sound and thunderous bass when connecting this woofer to your system. The Slot Load Vent technology removes noise and distortion, making the sound precise and accurate. The sub can be blended with any compatible device and produce impressive sound.

Since both models belong to PSW series, they have much in common. The units are equipped with a floor firing port. It allows getting the maximum bass effect and keeping the front of the woofer’s cabinet low-profile. Polk devices use the Klippel Distortion Analyzer that optimizes and aligns all the sound features and guarantees excellent performance even at the highest sound levels. Polk subwoofers use special techniques that let tune out unwished resonance and distortion and bring clear sound. The subwoofers of PSW series are produced with intelligent amplifiers. Thus, the devices can not only deliver high power, but also they can use it little at low volumes or when it is on standby mode. Also, both subwoofers have multiple inputs that allow being connected to multiple systems easily.

 Polk Audio PSW505 vs PSW111

Design

Both subwoofers are rock-solid. Their design isn’t easy to compare because they differ much: Polk Audio PSW111 has a small cabinet with curved corners, while Polk Audio PSW505 has bigger classic square cabinet. The units come in black and will fit any interior style.

Polk Audio PSW111 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • A small-sized subwoofer able to deliver a nice vibrant sound.

Cons:

  • It doesn’t get very deep in the bass.

Polk Audio PSW505 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • The subwoofer possesses a huge reserve of power.

Cons:

  • The unit is pretty expensive.

Polk Audio PSW111
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Apr 18, 2019

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Polk Audio PSW505
Polk Audio PSW505 review

Aug 28, 2018

I had the opportunity to take the Polk Audio PSW505 on my test. This model with a 12-inch driver from the PSW subwoofer series. Polk Audio produces high-quality products that have always received war...

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Common

Product

Polk Audio PSW111
Polk Audio PSW505

Model

PSW111
PSW505

Brand

Polk Audio
Polk Audio

Rating

4.4 of 5
4.3 of 5

Reviews

248
2285

General

Amplification type

active
active

Detachable grilles

Power

Nominal output power (RMS), W

150
250

Maximal output power (RMS), W

300
480

Audio amplifier output power, W

150
360

Audio performance

Sensitivity, dB

90
85

Impedance, Ohm

4
4

Frequency response, Hz

38-250
25-160

Crossover frequency, Hz

60-120
60-125

Driver

Driver quantity

1
1

Driver size, in

8
12

Driver placement

front panel
front panel

Port placement

down firing
has not

Connections

RCA LFE inputs

1
1

RCA stereo line level inputs (pair)

1
1

RCA outputs

XLR inputs (pair)

XLR outputs (pair)

Wireless

Bi-amp

Speaker outputs (pair)

2
2

Speaker inputs (pair)

2
2

Controls

Volume

Subwoofer phase

Low-pass filter

Main power switch

Material

Body material

MDF
MDF

Woofer composition

polymer
polymer

Colors

black
black

Enclosure type

sealed
sealed

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions (H x W x D), cm/in

30.8 x 27.9 x 33/14 x 11 x 12.2
40.9 x 38.4 x 46.2/18.2 x 15.2 x 16.2

Width, kg/pounds

9.5/21
19.5/43

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  • 12.3Polk Audio PSW111
  • 11.1Polk Audio PSW505

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